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LIBR 105-02 Resources for Research: Summer I 2018: Basic Info

This course runs from July 7 to August 5

LIBR-105-02 - Resources for Research - Summer I 2018 - Instructor: Jared A. Seay

This is an online course that runs from June 1 to June 28 - It is available on OAKS

This course concerns the understanding of information and media and how this knowledge can be applied to both your academic research as well as your day to day interaction with the torrent of media and information that floods our senses non-stop in the early 21st century. Particularly we will be concerned with how we receive information and how this affects how we perceive it.  In the end the biggest skill you can gain from this course is the ability to identify credible sources of information for your research and navigate the inherent bias in media and culture and even in yourself.

Please note that there is a discussion board for "General Questions" you may have about the course.  Please feel free to post questions here.

Course Objectives

Overall Goal: The goal of this course is to help you become a better researcher by teaching you how to use academic library resources more effectively and by teaching you how to evaluate sources needed for research.



  • become proficient at conducting searches in the library's online catalog, electronic databases, and the Internet

  • enhance your critical thinking skills concerning the relevance, reliability, authority, and quality of information so you know when you have found a quality source

  • navigate comfortably in an information-rich environment using select web 2.0 applications

Communication with Professor & the Class

My Contact Info

Instructor:Jared Seay

Office phone: 843-953-1428

E-mail: -- use this e-mail (put “LIBR 105” in subject line)

Office Location: Addlestone Library, Room 103

Office hours: by appointment, but I’m typically in my office  M-F, 10 am - 6pm (Unless you have an appointment, there is no guarantee I will be available or in the office if you are planning to drop by.)

If you have questions about assignments or the course content, I request that you post them to the ASK ANY Questions discussion board which is located in every module. If you know the answer to someone else's question, or if you figure out the answer to your own question, please post it! I will check the discussion board on a regular basis to help with problems and answer questions, too.
I expect you to read previous postings before making your own. No reposts!

Communication Tools

Within the course Oaks page, you will see a Communication drop down link at the top (see image below). You will use this tool for the Introduction Assignment, questions related to technical issues in the course, discussion and questions about course content, as well as a possible avenue to communicate with your classmates and me. If you experience technical difficulty with the Communication tools, or with any other aspect of Oaks, you should contact the helpdesk by email or by phone: (843) 953-3375. You can also get help by contacting library and Student Computing Support Staff through the Ask Us link, which also has a knowledge base you can search for answers to common questions. This is a helpful video tutorial for using the Communication tool.